By Daniel Mael
With the school year set to begin, it was only a matter of time before leftist “peace activists” took aim at Jewish communal institutions.
Enter new J Street U National Student Board President Benjy Cannon to take the first shot.
“There’s a parallel, disturbing trend of scepticism in the established Jewish community toward pro-peace, anti-occupation activism,” wrote the new leader. “Just in the past year, the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations rejected J Street’s membership bid and Jewish institutions, from JCCs to Hillels, banned speakers and artists critical of Israeli policy on numerous occasions.”
J Street was rejected due to its anti-Israel views and inability to function alongside other organizations but Cannon peddles the lie that J Street was rejected due to its “pro-peace, anti-occupation” activism. Meanwhile, every organization in the Conference of Presidents is “pro-peace” and the majority are “anti-occupation” as well.
Absent from Cannon’s diatribe is the fact that the incident in the JCC centered around the speaker’s support of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and the Israel-bashing group, Breaking the Silence, was in fact welcomed in Hillel in March,
Cannon then retreats to his radical leftist (J Street) echo chamber and claims that “[o]ftentimes, the bans and responses to them where criticized as restrictions on free speech and expression.”
“Institutions claimed that certain ideas were ‘beyond the pale’ while progressive Jews called for deeper civil discourse and richer communication,” he wrote implicitly attacking the Jewish community for refusing to engage with anti-Semites and individuals who hate Israel.
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Originally published on Truth Revolt